COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A group of Columbus organizations is reaching out to the community to discuss what they are calling the "School to Prison" pipeline.
The Southern Anti-Racism Network and Nazareth Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry hosted a forum presenting open record information on nearly 300 students arrested at Muscogee County School District facilities in the 2017-18 school year.
Advocates also invited a juvenile court prosecutor to explain what happens to young people who are arrested by the police and are then processed through the court system.
"We want to make sure they can get good jobs so they can get in school and they can go in the military if they want to and not have these incidents on their records. That's what we're fighting for to save the children," says SARN Representative Theresa El-Amin.
"There is a goal of the community getting involved with the juveniles and the youth that needs assistance that they may not otherwise have at home," says Juvenile Court Prosecutor Danielle Forte.
That same open record data - which shows all district schools where students were arrested - says Baker Middle School had the highest number of student arrests last year with a total of fifty.